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Mourning tackles low income housing

Phase I financing closes on 84-unit housing development

AM Affordable Housing (AM) and Housing Trust Group (HTG) has closed on financing for Courtside Family Apartments, a new 84-unit affordable housing development in Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood. Courtside is the first of a three-phased master-planned community.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Northwestern Alumni Association will be meeting Saturday April 18, at 10am at Miami Northwestern. The meeting is open to all alumni classes. For more information call 305-755-2558. Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net.

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Athletes inducted into UM Sports Hall of Fame

The late Sean Taylor among those honored on April 9.

Olympic Champion Lauryn Williams, Super Bowl Champion Jonathan Vilma and Kym Hope, head women’s basketball coach at Johnson & Wales University, all joined a long and distinguished list of University of Miami athletic greats who were inducted into Sports Hall of Fame on April 9. Former Washington Redskin Sean Taylor, who died in 2007 after being shot by an intruder in his home, was also posthumously inducted. His father, Pedro “Pete” Taylor, was on hand to receive the honor.

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NFL draft picks have promise

The NFL draft is coming up fast and once again the prized pick is expected to be a franchise changing quarterback. This year two names stand out at the top of the heap and the truth is they may be exact opposites of each other. Famous Jameis Winston from Florida State is that flashy superstar, who loves the cameras and he loves him some him. Kind of like Deion Sanders playing quarterback with lots of drama and controversy following him everywhere. Do your homework GM's. The other kid, Marcus Mariota, is Mr Nice Guy. You would not mind if he dates your sister so mild and well mannered. Despite the fact that he has big time game, he is just an “aw shucks” type of guy off the field.

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Dade County Links showcase FlipSide

On Saturday, April 11, members of the Dade County (FL) Chapter, The Links, Inc. hosted FlipSide Miami — an evening of spectacular national and local entertainment featuring a diverse group of talented artists hailing from a cross-section of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Monestime’s mother dies

Angelina Monestime, the mother of Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, died Tuesday, April 13 in the hospital. Her health had been deteriorating for several months.  She was born on Jan. 15, 1931 and is survived by her 10 children, including Jean Monestime. Her husband and lifetime companion died February 2012.

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Senior housing developments lead rebirth in West Grove

New developments signal growth but will residents be left behind?

There was a hint of pomp and circumstance at the Stirrup Plaza II groundbreaking ceremony in Coconut Grove. Stirrup Plaza II is the second phase of a project undertaken by Related Urban. It began with the renovation of the 68-unit Stirrup Plaza next to where the five-story, 68-unit Stirrup Plaza II will be built at 3160 Mundy St.

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Making entrepreneurial and culinary waves

Chef DP finds success cooking conch fritters and conch salad

No. His story is not about a Black kid from a single parent household in an impoverished inner city neighborhood who reaped riches as a professional athlete. The storyline is also quite different from the rags to riches story frequently told about Black athletes, entertainers or professionals. Darryl “Chef DP” Johnson is a culinary success story constructed on a leap of faith. A story of business lessons learned at Miami Northwestern High School and applied in the real world.

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Black lawyers name Pollard as president

Jonathan Pollard, a trial lawyer and business litigation attorney based in Fort Lauderdale, has been appointed as president of the National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40. The appointment was based on peer nominations and third-party research and endorsed by the National Black Leaders Top 100 executive committee, led by president and Judge William “Billy” Murphy. Membership in the National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is limited to the top 40 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.

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Big sporting event in the Bahamas

Track and field teams from around the world are scheduled to compete in the IAFF World Relays on May 2-3 in Nassau, Bahamas. The international biennial track and field sporting event will be held at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, which holds a capacity of 15,000 people. More than 1,000 athletes and coaches from 50 countries are expected to attend, including most of the sprint and middle distance medalists from the 2012 Olympics and 2014 IAAF World Championships.

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Stanton boosts Marlins’ chances

The $325 million dollar man, known as Giancarlo Stanton, is ready to lead the Miami Marlins into the next phase in their pursuit of greatness. The Marlins’ super slugger has accomplished a lot in his young career. However, this offseason he did something that most South Florida baseball fans thought would never ever happen. He helped to convince the normally cheap owner, Jeffrey Loria, to put this baseball team in a position to compete for a championship.

SBA competition to award $4 million to startups

The U.S Small Business Association (SBA ) is launching an Accelerator Growth Fund competition in which startups can compete for prizes of $50,000 each, totaling $4 million. The application period is from April 10-June 1 and information about the application process can be found at: www.sba.gov.

Business Expo celebrates 30th anniversary at Broward Expo

The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC) will partner with Enterprise Florida (EFI) during the 30th Annual Business Expo, April 13-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The Business Expo brings together a cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies in a series of workshops and networking events to create business opportunities and discuss industry trends.

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Overtown Shopping Plaza gets a facelift

Residents and Miami city officials celebrated the grand re-opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony

Arnette Brown lives in Overtown and sometimes finds it hard to get around. With no transportation, even the simplest task like grocery shopping can take its toll on her. But soon that won’t be a problem for Brown. On April 1, residents and Miami city officials celebrated the grand re-opening of the Overtown Shopping Plaza with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The plaza underwent a $1.5 million renovation to bring in new tenants to the center, including a supermarket opening later in the summer.

Aurelia Crews a leader at Rokk3r

The Rokk3r Labs office has the atmosphere of being a science lab. What seems to be math formulas are written on the transparent office walls. Minus the lab coats, the office space is filled with problem-solving staff using their laptops. Rokk3r (pronounced like rocker) Labs is a unique platform where entrepreneurs partner with strategists, creative types and engineers to co-build and launch companies. It assists startup companies by turning great ideas into successful businesses. Rokk3r Labs was established on Miami Beach March 2012 by co-founder and chief executive Nabyl Charania. The company's goal is to “harness global collective genius to co-build companies that change the world."

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Chatter that Matters

Mary Ann Thomas, president, Ms. Baxter-Akman, Cora Johnson, Mary Dunn, club members, parents and young lady escorts all have been preparing for the Egelloc Civic and Social Club’s presentation of the 2015 Men of Tomorrow. The final rehearsal will be held at the Omega Psi Phi Center, April 23 and the presentation on Saturday, April 25, at Jungle Island at 12.

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The Social Whirl

The Miami Chapter of the Holidays Inc. will be hosting The National Holidays Inc. 45th Annual Concourse meeting in Miami at the Biscayne Bay Marriott September 3-6. The Holidays are a social bridge group. The Miami Chapter consists of 14 members. On March 27-29th some of the National Officers were here to discuss and review the plans for the Annual Concourse meeting where they were entertained on Friday at the home of local member Vandra Woolfolk with dinner and, of course, bridge. Present were National President Jackie Bontemps, from Hampton, Virginia, Vice President Brenda Baker from Baltimore, Carmelita Williams, Recording Sec. from Virginia

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Rebellions, work slowdowns and sabotage tools

Author Charles E. Cobb Jr. talks at FMU about his book, 'This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed' last week

Charles E. Cobb Jr., author and a former member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, has a new book out called “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed.” His book is about how nonviolent activists and their allies kept the civil rights movement alive by bearing—and, when necessary, using—firearms. Cobbs, a former journalist and one of the founders of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), did the book-signing circuit in South Florida and made stops at Books and Books in Coral Gables and Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. On March 30, Cobb talked about his book in front of an intimate crowd at Books and Books. The title of the book comes from a statement made by Hartman Turnbow, a farmer in Holmes County, Mississippi, to Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. “This nonviolent stuff ain't no good. It’ll get ya killed,” Turnbow reportedly said.

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Will you spend your rent on weave?

With the low-income levels of Black women living in Miami’s Upper East Side and the rise of the Black natural hair movement, some question the viability of the new, luxury hair extension boutique Indique that opened in the Miami Modern district last month. Over the past five years, Black women in Miami have joined a national trend in wearing their hair free of chemicals and have reverted to afros, twists and braids.

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Tri-Rail needs money, looks to Overtown CRA

Residents are skeptical of helping fund a train when quality of life is low

Tri-Rail wants to piggy back on the already approved, privately-funded All Aboard Florida project, slated for the edge of downtown. But the public rail program is short of money, and is seeking the help of any agency willing to help it extend its rail program to adjoin All Aboard's plans for a downtown station. Tri-Rail executives consider the new station a real central station for Miami-Dade. The service would bring 26 direct trains on weekdays between downtown Miami and points north to Mangonia Park in Palm Beach County. All Aboard plans to run from downtown Miami, stop in downtown Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and then head to Orlando.

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